Meatco-produced beef remains of premium value
The Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) as the largest meat-processing and meat-marketing entity in the country certifies that producers undergo the necessary training and education programmes on how to produce good quality animals for the markets.
Meatco Spokesman, Undamuje Hambira said that this is done through the Meat Board’s Farm Assured Namibian Meat scheme (FANMeat). Meat production is based on the pillars of no growth stimulants or hormones and the rearing of animals in a natural, free-range environment.
“This is preferred by our clients. In accordance with the Meat Industry Act of 2002, Namibian meat is free of growth stimulants and hormones,” he said. Therefore, Meatco purchases meat from any local farmer committed to these specific livestock farming practices, ensuring an end-product with a unique, tender taste full of flavour.
Meatco also uses an intensive systems of feedlots in the production of animals where they are fed naturally produced fodder over a certain period to achieve the required slaughter weight and finish. In addition, the animal welfare practices used guarantee high quality and healthy meat at all times.
Hambira said since animals are not reared in harsh conditions or given feed with additives the meat remains in an excellent condition.
According to Meatco, due to good hygiene processes from production right through to packaging, they can guarantee a six month shelf-life for our meat because of the high standards Meatco continues to operate in.
Additionally, they added that at the abattoir stage basic requirements such as hygiene systems, quality systems, conditions under which animals are slaughtered and the temperature controls in which the meat is stored are of an exceptional standard.
By adhering to these requirements, Meatco ensures that the final product is of the best quality for both local and international clients.